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Literacy and the Politics of Writing
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Table of Contents
Dr. Albertine Gaur was Deputy Director and Head of Oriental Collections at the British Library.
Author Biography and Acknowledgements
What is writing?
The purpose of writing
Invention or evolution?
Transmitting stored information
The two most stable components
Non-linguistic forms of writing
The power of pictures and signs
Modern picture writing
The introduction of language elements
The riddle of the rebus
The emergence of the rebus in objects, proverbs and ritualistic memory aids
The failure of purely phonetic scripts
The elusive phoneme
Extinct scripts: the infrastructure of palace and temple
Ancient Mediterranean forms of writings
Indus Valley civilisation
The common origin of some contemporary writing systems
The special place of certain writing systems
Indian forms of writing
Chinese forms of writing
The political success of unsuitable writing systems
The Chinese derived scripts of Korea and Japan
Indian script forms in Southeast Asia, the Himalayan countries and Central Asia
The success of cuneiform
The Arabic script and the Roman alphabet
Script inventors and script inventions
the script of the people
Scripts invented to aid the spread of Christianity
Scripts as part of a self-respect movement
Rewards and problems of decipherment
Calligraphy --- a corporate logo?
What is a book?
Shape and material
Illustration and illumination
The danger of books
Modern technology and the talking book
Printing, the writing masters and the Internet
What is literacy?
Benefits and pitfalls of literacy
Some final thoughts
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